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Bleeding risk: Low platelets can mean an increase risk of bleeding. Bleeding can even happen without good cause. The lower the platelet count, the higher the risk for bleeding. The bleeding can be nosebleeds, gum bleeding, heavy periods. The most concerning bleeding would be bleeding inside the skull. This is unusual, but would likely cause a headache and nausea. ...Read more
May just be you: Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome famously features very low platelet volume. Otherwise a mildly low MPV is probably just you -- reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. If there is an actual health problem it I'll be apparent on other labs. ...Read more
It depends: Mild elevations are trivial; reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end. Iron deficiency raises platelets as high as maybe 600,000; nobody knows why. If higher, it may be essential thrombocythemia (a mild chronic blood disease due to an acquired mutation) or another illness in its family. ...Read more
Bleeding risk: Platelet help to stop bleeding if you bleed. So if your platelet level is low- you will be at risk to bleed. The lower your platelet level the higher your bleeding risk. Spontaneous bleeding can happen when your platelet count is below 10 k-and bleeding can happen anywhere. It can manifest as skin bleeding ( bruising, petchiae ( red tiny dos on skin), hematoma; nose bleed, gum bleeding, etc. ...Read more
Depends on cause: Platelets help form clots. Low platelets are caused by lack of production or destruction. Immune-mediated thrombocytopenic purpura (itp), a condition where the body makes auto-antibodies against platelets, can be treated with medicines (ivig, win rho, sometimes steroids). If production is the problem, the cause needs to be found. Can be simply caused by a virus, or be as serious as leukemia. ...Read more
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